December 7, 2021, 9:23

DeSantis Threatens to Withold Salaries of Education Officials Who Enact Mask Mandates

DeSantis Threatens to Withold Salaries of Education Officials Who Enact Mask Mandates

On Friday, Florida recorded its biggest single-day increase in newly reported COVID-19 infections, logging at least 23,903 new coronavirus cases, according to the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. The second-largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases took place on Thursday, when the state saw at least 22,783 new cases of COVID-19.

While Florida has recently recorded more new coronavirus infections than any other state, Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is pushing to roll back scientifically proven mitigation measures, including mask mandates, and is now facing backlash from both his constituents and even members of his own party. 

DeSantis, who has signed an executive order prohibiting mask mandates – even for schools with unvaccinated students, signaled that the state government is prepared to go the extra mile to enforce the measure. 

DeSantis went on to suggest that the Florida Board of Education could “withhold the salary of the district superintendent or school board members” who “led to the violation of law.” 

While many working parents would be happy for their children to move away from virtual learning and the possible child care fees associated with it, some view the rollback of mask mandates as potentially dangerous to the health of their children, and those who they encounter if they contract the contagious disease. 

“The Executive Order impairs the safe operation of schools,” reads the lawsuit filed in Leon County, Florida. “Students will become sick and potentially die as a result of the failure to follow the mandatory masking requirements” posted by the CDC. 

“I do disagree with Gov. DeSantis,” Cassidy, who is also a physician, told CNN. “The local officials should have control here.”

“Whenever politicians mess with public health, it usually doesn’t work out well for public health,” he added. “And ultimately, it doesn’t work out for the politician.” 


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